Screenwriting for Dummies�

ISBN-10: 0764554867
ISBN-13: 9780764554865
Edition: 2003
List price: $19.99
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Description: With easy-to-understand guidelines and writing projects, this book makes film writing accessible to novices and helps more experienced writers improve their scripts. Guides the reader through the essential elements of every good screenplay.

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Book details

List price: $19.99
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 1/31/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 360
Size: 7.50" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.408
Language: English

With easy-to-understand guidelines and writing projects, this book makes film writing accessible to novices and helps more experienced writers improve their scripts. Guides the reader through the essential elements of every good screenplay.

Foreword
Introduction
About This Book
Conventions Used in This Book
Foolish Assumptions
How This Book Is Organized
Icons Used in This Book
Where to Go from Here
So You Want to Write for Pictures
An Introduction to the Art of Screenwriting
Thinking Visually
Developing the Writer's Mind
Approaching Screenwriting as a Craft
Finding Your Screenplay's Story
Working through the Writing Process
Formatting Your Screenplay
Constructing Your First Draft
Rewriting Your Script
Adapting Your Screenplay from an Outside Source
Selling Your Screenplay to Show Business
Preparing to Think Visually
Exploring Other Mediums
The Visual Life of a Screenplay
Diving Into the Screenwriter's Mind
Learning from Other Writers
Developing an Artistic Sensibility
Recognizing a Story When You See One
Approaching Screenwriting as a Craft
A Look at the Creative Process
Imagination: Your Creative Arsenal
Craft: A Vehicle for Your Imagination
Breaking Down the Elements of a Story
Unpacking Your Idea
I Have This Great Idea. Now What?
Getting to Know Your Audience
Knowing What Happened Before Your Story Began: Creating the Backstory
Identifying the Tone of Your Piece
Deciding When to Start Your Story
Getting to Know Aristotle: A Dramatist's Best Friend
What's It All About?: Writing a Nutshell Synopsis
Plot Part I: Beginnings
Enhancing Your Opening Images
Tracking Success: Five Compelling (and Contrasting) Movie Beginnings
Plot Part II: Middles
Deciding What Comes Next
From Lights to Camera to ... ACTION!
Status: Where's the Upper Hand?
What's Your Problem? Introducing Conflicts and Obstacles
Exposition: From Clunky to Creative
Determining What to Write from What You've Already Written
Continuing Success: Tracking Three Successful Movie Middles
Plot Part III: Endings
How Do You Know When You're Done?
Danger Will Robinson: Threats to an Otherwise Healthy Plot
Ultimate Success: Tracking Three Movies through Their Triumphant Conclusions
Character Building
Portrait of a Person: Constructing a Physical World
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Constructing an Internal World
From the Inside Out: Making the Inner World Visible
Say What? Constructing Dynamic Dialogue
Diction: What's in a Word?
Name That Tune: Crafting Your Character's Music
Putting It Together: Letting Your Characters Speak
Maintaining an Audience's Trust: A Screenwriter's Responsibility
Screenwriting and Ethics
Screenwriting and Responsibility
The Immunity Factor
Turning Your Story into a Script
Mapping Out Your Screenplay
Conceptualizing Your Concept
How to Treat Your Treatment
Exploring the Ins and Outs of an Outline
What to Do When the Outline's Through
Surviving Writer's Block
From Panic to Peace: Switching Mindsets
Reevaluating Your Routine
Seeking Outside Help
Formatting Your Screenplay
How the Screenplay Looks on the Page
Key Formatting Elements
A Sample Scene
Putting It Together: Structuring Your First Draft
Navigating the Three-Act Structure
Introductions
Salting the Wound
The Final Frontier
A Note on Subplots
Take Two: Rewriting Your Script
Downshifting between Drafts
Back in the Saddle Again: Rewrites
Finding a Reader
Your Critique: Surviving the Aftermath
Adaptation and Collaboration: Two Alternate Ways to Work
Navigating between Forms
The Process of Adaptation
The Art of Collaboration
Selling Your Script to Show Business
Before You Send It Out: Pre-Marketing Considerations
Understanding the "Biz" in Showbiz
Preparing Yourself for the Biz
Polishing the Copy You Send Out
Protecting Your Work
Getting Your Screenplay Noticed
Designing Your Own Package
Preparing to Pitch
Finding an Agent
Approaching an Agent
Pitching Your Script without an Agent
What to Do When They Say Yes
Looking Ahead: Upon Achieving Success
A Final Note
The Part of Tens
Ten Screenwriters You Should Know
William Goldman
Ruth Prawer Jhabvala
Alan Ball
Nora Ephron
John Logan
Amy Holden Jones
M. Night Shyamalan
Callie Khouri
Christopher Nolan
Nia Vardalos
Ten Movies You Should See and/or Read
A Note on Criteria
Citizen Kane
The African Queen
Rear Window
Guess Who's Coming to Dinner
E.T. the Extra Terrestrial
Ghost
Sling Blade
Life Is Beautiful
Shakespeare in Love
Signs
My Big Fat Greek Wedding
Ten Screenwriting Myths
Index

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